We are all in agreement that pumpkin is a food that embodies the months of October, November, and occasionally a bit of December, mostly due to the holidays that are celebrated in those months.
Sometimes we totally forget about this ingredient in other seasons, and it is WAY too good to be left sitting on the shelf!
This inspired me to compile a list of savory pumpkin recipes that could be enjoyed in those special months when fresh pumpkins are available but additionally, all year long when pumpkin puree is a solid choice.
1. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Bacon
This may sound a bit out of place, but this pumpkin dinner recipe combines mac and cheese with a touch of pumpkin puree and bacon.
Bacon elevates any dish!
If mac and cheese bring you joy, please give this recipe a go!
I do not know what else to say but, yes, this is an entire blog centered around pumpkins.
I am guessing this is a good place to be if you want a savory canned pumpkin recipe!
This pumpkin harvest pasta sauce has more than one veggie and can be frozen for use later.
Time for a Tex-Mex take on a savory canned pumpkin recipe by making pumpkin quesadillas.
The pumpkin mixes nicely with the Mexican seasonings and gives a heartiness to every bite.
The protein source here is black beans which are the perfect choice!
If you are wanting to make a fresh pumpkin main dish, have I got a recipe for you!
This savory sage soup combines fresh pumpkin with vegetable broth, onion, and sage.
It looks heavenly smooth in the bowl and has a calculator to adjust amounts of ingredients based on how many you are serving!
Mashed potatoes are certainly obligatory fare for most holiday get-togethers, but this pumpkin savory recipe includes pumpkin, butter, and crème cheese in the mashing!
Sure to be a crowd-pleaser any time of year!
Any recipe with the word ‘fritter’ in it, which is so fun to say, must be good. This pumpkin savory recipe is no exception.
Several ‘cleaner’ ingredient choices are included, and it can be made with fresh or canned pumpkin.
I am beginning to think I have been missing out by not experimenting more with fresh pumpkin.
This pumpkin savory recipe coats cubed pumpkin bites into oil and spices and bakes them to perfection!
Super tip on how to “pre-cook” the pumpkin in the microwave before even cutting it. This gal knows what she is doing with a pumpkin!
Yeast rolls with a hint of pumpkin?
Who would have thought?
This savory canned pumpkin recipe rises twice, once in the full ball and again after you divide them into individual rolls.
It does need almost two hours of rising time, so plan accordingly.
It’s worth it!
In the mood for making pasta?
May I suggest this pumpkin dinner recipe of gnocchi?
These small dumplings substitute the potato for pumpkin giving them an orangish hue and unique taste.
Step-by-step instructions will walk you completely through from beginning to end!
This fresh pumpkin main dish is an outstanding meal for either lunch or dinner.
It is best made when you already have some cubed roasted pumpkin on hand or that will be an additional step in your prep.
Three layers put together baked into deliciousness!
You can never go wrong when serving up a delicious pumpkin puree recipe that checks many boxes!
Mix it all together and you have a wonderful smoked pumpkin hummus to serve alongside your main meal for a few days!
Mouthwatering flavor is what you want when you bite into a muffin!
It is totally what you will get when you whip up a batch of this pumpkin savory recipe for honey pumpkin cornbread muffins.
Every ingredient used adds up to the cozy nostalgia of holidays and crisp mornings and delicious food.
See if you agree.
For a decidedly French take on pumpkin pie, chef Jacques Pepin gives us this savory canned pumpkin recipe.
After baking this amazing dish gets a few minutes under the broiler for a golden finish!
Pumpkin and cheese?
For a decidedly low-carb pumpkin side dish option, this savory fresh or canned pumpkin recipe hits the spot!
Pulls together quickly and looks oh so luscious served up!
Who needs carbs when you have heavy cream and ricotta on standby?
What could be better than pumpkin but beef and pumpkin together in this pumpkin main dish recipe!
A casserole baking in the oven with veggies, beef, and a lovely pumpkin smell wafting through your home is a dinner you will look forward to!
You are going to LOVE this pumpkin main dish! What do you get when you combine pumpkin, ricotta, spinach, lasagna noodles, and cheese?
A tantalizing vegetarian pumpkin spinach lasagna is what!
Sitting by a fireplace all cozy in your favorite blanket is where you will want to partake of this pumpkin dinner recipe!
A thick and creamy white bean and turkey pumpkin chili will not only comfort you but also warm you up from the inside out!
Instructions included if you want to make it in a slow or pressure cooker.
This pumpkin dinner recipe is taking creativity up a few notches!
Cooking a sausage stuffing INSIDE a pumpkin and then serving it that way?
Slices of pumpkin with all the yummy stuffing ingredients having baked together for two hours is almost indescribably scrumptious.
Hope your pumpkin cleaning out skills are up to par because you need to try this as soon as you can get your hands on one!
The world has fallen in love with regular French fries and more recently sweet potato fries.
Well, there is a new fry in town, and it is going to turn some heads.
This fresh pumpkin savory recipe is for, you guessed it, baked parmesan pumpkin fries!
You’re going to want to get on these quick! Note, after cutting, these will need to soak in water overnight, so plan accordingly.
Personal-sized quiches are all the rage at fancy breakfast restaurants.
It is assuredly time we make one ourselves and this pumpkin dish recipe is fantastic.
It calls for 2 cups of cubed pumpkin so this would be great to use when you have leftovers from another meal prep.
It calls for kale, mushrooms, eggs, and seasonings along with the pumpkin, but you can vary those to fit your taste preferences.
These are two words I never thought I would utter together. Pumpkin Enchiladas.
And yet, here we are diving into this pumpkin main dish of enchiladas.
The sauce is what sets this recipe apart since that is where the pumpkin is! You can use your protein of choice as just about any will work.
Grab some chips and salsa and dinner is served!
For a cute pumpkin savory recipe that is just perfect for a little twist on something familiar, look no farther than this recipe for Halloween pumpkin deviled eggs.
You know the basic drill, this time though you add in a couple tablespoons of canned pumpkin.
After you fill the egg halves, slide a one-inch slice of chive in the top and it looks like a pumpkin inside the egg.
Since tasty and filling need to both be part of a recipe description, this pumpkin dinner recipe certainly includes both.
Moroccan pumpkin and chickpea stew just sounds hearty on a cool evening! Lots of familiar flavors and maybe a couple new ones.
An excellent choice for a dinner side dish would be this savory pumpkin recipe for baked pumpkin goat cheese risotto!
Comforting any time of year with any main protein entrée.
Honestly, it is the cranberries and pepitas on top that sold me on the recipe!
A little time on the stove and a long time in the oven equals an amazing dish!
This meatless pumpkin main dish recipe does not miss the meat at all since it starts with a large portobello mushroom.
Using fresh pumpkin, a mash is made and then served on top of the mushroom for a tantalizing combination!
The caramelized walnuts on top are divine!
The Bottom Line
I hope you are inspired to consider using one of these recipes when preparing a savory pumpkin main entrée or side dish.
It truly is a unique taste experience any time of year!
Whether fresh or canned pumpkin is used, it is sure to bring a smile when enjoyed.
25 Savory Pumpkin Recipes
A list of savory pumpkin recipes that can be enjoyed in those months when fresh pumpkins are available but additionally, all year long with pumpkin puree.
- Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Bacon
- Pumpkin Harvest Pasta Sauce
- Pumpkin Quesadillas
- Savory Pumpkin Sage Soup
- Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes
- Pumpkin Fritters
- Savory Baked Pumpkin
- Garlic and Herb Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
- Pumpkin Gnocchi
- Roasted Pumpkin, Caramelized Onion & Feta Tart
- Smoked Pumpkin Hummus
- Honey Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins
- Jacques Pepin’s Baked Pumpkin & Gruyere Gratin
- Savory Pumpkin Casserole
- Beef and Pumpkin Shepard’s Pie
- Vegetarian Pumpkin Spinach Lasagna
- Creamy White Bean and Turkey Pumpkin Chili
- Roasted Stuffed Pumpkin
- Baked Parmesan Pumpkin Fries
- Crustless Pumpkin Quiche
- Pumpkin Enchiladas
- Halloween Pumpkin Deviled Eggs
- Moroccan Pumpkin & Chickpea Stew
- Baked Pumpkin Goat Cheese Risotto
- Portobello Mushroom with Roasted Pumpkin Mash and Caramelized Walnuts